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Poster: He Live's Date: Jan 3, 2009 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How close was Bob to being replaced?

Dark Star, p. 159

Rock Scully: Garcia said, "Bobby's not playing electric guitar and if i'm going to get any good at my instrument and play the way everybody wants me to play and the wai i want to play i need a solid electric rhythm behind me." Which was weird because what happened was that Garcia developed his style from having to comp a lot of rhythm. He became sort of a lead rhythm player, which i think made him so brilliant....

p. 160

Rock Scully: Garcia knew what he was doing. He was just scaring their asses. Rattling their cages. They took a couple weeks off. Weir went and got some electric guitar training....

there's lots more on this subject as well. i don't have time to quote it all now but the bottom line is -- bob was fired, but there never would have been a Grateful Dead any other way. with any other lineup. IT would have ceased to exist.


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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 3, 2009 9:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How close was Bob to being replaced?

Got to agree with you, HL. The core members of the band were always Garcia, Lesh, Weir and Kreutzmann - take out anyone of them on a permanent basis and you might still have a decent band but what you definitely will not have is the Grateful Dead. I mean, can you imagine the Grateful Dead with Hart as the only drummer? No, neither can I. When Garcia departed he took the Grateful Dead with him, not simply because he was Garcia but because he was one of 'the four'. If Lesh, say, had died of liver failure, or whatever, that would just as effectively have brought the Grateful Dead to a close.

Oh yeah, and Happy New Year, HL!

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Jan 3, 2009 10:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How close was Bob to being replaced?

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jan 3, 2009 7:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How close was Bob to being replaced?

hey rob from england!

you have the Dark Star book right? if not pick it up used somewhere.... it is a vaguely sequential collection of vaguely tied together quotes from all the key members of the organization -- it reads like a Dead Family Seminar transcript.

how are the bookstores where you are BTW? out here in California they are slowly passing away...

i am not a very big Reader or anything but it is shame when your only option for browsing in a bookstore is at a BIG BOX. do you call them big boxes in england? Barnes and Noble etc. "browsing" Amazon.com is not the same.

cheers!



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